The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois. This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities. The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN). The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile… Read More ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input
Railroad Workers United (RWU) adopted a new Resolution in response to confusion over “high speed rail” and what the best way is to move forward with railroad improvement and development. RWU has staked out a position they feel makes sense, and one that serves railroad workers, the traveling public, shippers, trackside communities, and the nation… Read More RWU Adopts High Speed Rail Resolution
View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka New regulations were announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in July 2020 allowing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. That same month, PHMSA released the interim report for its LNG-by-rail task force. It concluded: “The task force did not identify any new safety gaps… Read More Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail
Only one candidate for President supports two person crews that will preserve the safety of railroaders and local communities. That candidate is Joe Biden.
View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Dana Drugmand Advocates for holding fossil fuel companies accountable in court for the substantial costs of climate change are urging New Jersey to sue oil majors like ExxonMobil, as over a dozen municipal and state governments have done over the past three years. A month after a… Read More New Jersey Should Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Climate Costs, Panel Says
Hazardous Materials Near Schools Looking for something to do tonight? Come join NWSOFA-Indivisible from the comfort of your home as we discuss online the local impact of crude-by-rail transport and storage along with the dangers it presents to our schools. Local activist, Gerri Songer, will be joined by members of Railroad Workers United (RWU) Mark… Read More Come Join Us!
Thank you to all who helped with witness slips – SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School was adopted by the Senate on February 26, 2020. Following the testimony of Gerri Songer, an educator for Township High School District 214, SR 982 received a unanimous vote in favor of moving the legislation to the Senate floor. The Resolution… Read More ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School
IL Senator Julie Morrison recently filed and sponsored, and IL Senator Laura Murphy recently co-sponsored, Resolution SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School in Springfield to: Urge local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage and transport of hazardous substances,… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School
View article in its entirety at Times-Herald. — Author: Nick Sestanovich BILL TRACK: House Resolution 5553: Crude By Rail Volatility Standards Act Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, recently introduced legislation to ensure safer standards for the transport of crude oil and other hazardous materials by train. House Resolution 5553, also known as the “Crude By Rail… Read More John Garamendi Introduces Crude-by-Rail Safety Bill
Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.… Read More Network for Responsible Public Policy